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good morning. as president obama heads to ground zero today to honor 9/11 victims, he tells "60 minutes" he will not release osama bin laden's death photos. >> it is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. you know, that's not who we are. >> while in washington, government officials focus on the computer files and documents taken from inside bin laden's compound, trying to connect the dots to future terror plots.
we'll have the latest details also to emerge from that daring raid, and more on the president's trip here to ground zero, and his interview with 1250e6 croft, "early" this zero, and his interview with 1250e6 croft, "early" this thursday morning, may 5th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs and good morning. i'm erica hill. we are live again, once again here at ground zero. you can see the imprints of one of the towers there. president obama, of course, coming here later today. he will lay a wreath for 9/11 victims and will meet privately with some of their families. we will speak with some of those families before they meet with the president. we'll have much more on his visit just ahead throughout the two hours of our broadcast. chris wragge is at our studio in new york. good morning. >> good morning to you, erica. what may be more significant is what he will not do. white house officials say the president will not make a speech. and will not be celebrating the death of osama bin laden today. that fits with our top story here this morning. erica, let's go back to you at ground zero.
>> we do want to begin with the president's highly-anticipated decision on whether or not to release photos of osama bin laden's body. that answer is a resounding no. the president explained why in an interview with "60 minutes" correspondent steve kroft. >> did you see the pictures? >> yes. >> what was your reaction when you saw them? >> it was him. >> why haven't you released them? >> you know, we discussed this internally. keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. we've done dna sampling, and testing, and so there is no doubt that we killed osama bin laden. it is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as
an incitement to additional violence, as a propaganda tool. you know, that's not who we are. >> you can see steve's entire interview with the president on "60 minutes" this sunday at 7:00, 6:00 central right here on cbs. joining us now with more is cbs news chief white house correspondent chip reid. chip, good morning to you. the president mentioned there was some discussion there with his top aides, with his intelligence staff. but do we know very much about what actually those discussions entail? are they pretty tight-lipped? >> well, there really was a debate. now the president felt very strongly about not releasing the photos from the very beginning. but he is a person who likes to hear all points of view, even when he has a strong point of view. so jay carney says he did open up a debate. here's how carney described the process. >> he wants the unvarnished opinions and advice and assessments of his top advisers, and in a situation like this, the last thing he wants is a
birch of people telling him what they think he wants to hear. >> now, at the end of the process, i'm told the president was still even more strongly of the opinion that the photos should not be released, primarily because he feared that they would inflame america's enemies and endanger americans overseas, including american troops. but he also said it's just not who we are as americans. he said, quote, america does not trot out this stuff as trophies. we don't need to spike the football. he said that in that cbs news "60 minutes" interview. erica? >> what about lawmakers on capitol hill? are they pretty much standing behind the president's decision, chip? >> well, there is a split of opinion. there are some who believe that if you don't get the photo out there they're going to inspire all sorts of conspiracy theories. i think it's fair to say most people agree with the president that it's a good idea not to release those photos. >> chip, there's, of course, a lot of attention on this visit here to ground zero. that's why you're down there. i know you're traveling with the president. i imagine for the white house they have been very careful
about how they are handling this so that it doesn't appear to be too political or even some sort of a victory lap. >> exactly, erica. they are going out of their way to make sure that it does not appear to be that. the president will come here at about 1:25 eastern time this afternoon. he'll lay a wreath. he'll then meet with families of victims of 9/11, and with some first responders. but he will not give a speech. and none of those meetings will be public. and the reason for that is they don't want the president to appear that he's exploiting the situation, taking advantage of the families in any way, or, as you said, having some kind of a victory lap after the death of bin laden. erica? >> all right. chip, thanks. chip reid down here at ground zero, as well, this morning. it's now been four days since the raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan. there are new details, though, still emerging each day about that night. about what happened, including how many shots were fired, and just how much resistance the navy s.e.a.l.s faced. for those latest developments we turn now to cbs news national security correspondent david martin at the pentagon.
david, good morning. what are some of those new details we're learning? >> well, we sure know it was a very violent 40 minutes. when the s.e.a.l.s got to the third floor of the main building, where bin laden and his family were hiding, they found them in a bedroom. and all of the children ran out of the bedroom. but, bin laden's wife rushed at the lead s.e.a.l. so the lead s.e.a.l. threw her aside, and then shot her in the leg. that left bin laden standing by himself in the middle of the room. the lead s.e.a.l. shot him in the chest, and a second s.e.a.l. finished him off with a shot to the head. now the commander of this operation, admiral -- vice admiral william mcgregor briefed members of congress on these details yesterday, and most of them seemed satisfied that the s.e.a.l.s had been right to kill bin laden, even though he was unarmed. >> he made no indication that he was going to give up in any way.
lots of movement in the room. dark. it's confusing. they've been taking fire. i think it was absolutely the prudent and right thing to do by that special forces officer. >> there are also new photos that are emerging. we know from the president telling steve kroft he's not going to release photos of osama bin laden but some photos of the other victims are starting to emerge. correct? >> correct. the other four people who were killed in that compound were not taken out because they didn't need to be sure of their identities. so, their bodies have now been photographed. one of them was bin laden's son. another was the courier who unwittingly gave away the location. the s.e.a.l.s, when they went into that building, went through a door. but they found out that behind the door was just a brick wall. so they had to blast their way through that brick wall, and then after a firefight on the first floor, they encountered more obstacles going up to the third floor, where bin laden
was. so bin laden had prepared for this day. but he was not prepared for 25 s.e.a.l.s. >> david martin with the latest for us from the pentagon. david, thanks. chris, of course the other thing that people are really focused on is everything else that was taken out of the house. the so-called treasure trove of information. >> exactly, erica. lots of information. the most important outcome of the raid may still be to come because intelligence material seized in bin laden's compound could help the u.s. track down other terrorists. cbs news homeland security correspondent bob orr is in washington with the latest on this part of the story for us. >> good morning, chris. >> so who has all of these items now? and what exactly are they doing with them? >> the physical evidence you're talking about is being handled by the fbi to protect the chain of custody. kind of like a crime scene. the fbi, of course, zpoing the dna, the fingerprints, trace analysis. but the important cop bys of electronic files and computer records have been spread around the government, they're being studied by intelligence experts led by the cia. most of the material is in arabic, much of it is encrypted.
>> the s.e.a.l.s found two phone numbers, they found over 100 disks there in the compound. how valuable are these assets that they were able to ascertain? >> potentially very valuable. the analysts right away started digging into the phone numbers. they wanted to find out what calls were made to and from those phones. the idea, conventionally produce some kind of communications tree that could lead to other high-ranking al qaeda fugitives. like perhaps ayman al zawahiri or ayman al awlaki. the computer files could reveal some indications about plots about core al qaeda and its affiliates. the files also could obviously identify sources of terror financing. >> clearly they have a lot of information to go through, but did they expect to find this much? >> they got more than they really hoped they would find. but the s.e.a.l.s were prepare for anything. we were told the computer experts were along on the team. they'd been trained especially to find and preserve key
computer files looking for things like booby traps, software programs designed to destroy the data. in a period of 40 minutes it's very impressive, they fought their way in, they killed bin laden, and then they scored an intelligence windfall that frankly could be the largest since 9/11. >> bob, some of the information that they discovered is already leaking out. intelligence officials, do they have a strategy here? and why is some of this stuff getting out already? >> let's be clear. they want to protect the findings. they have to keep al qaeda off balance. but as you mention there is some value in letting the terrorists know generically that they do have a large amount of stuff that's been recovered. because that could prompt other al qaeda leaders like maybe zawahiri to run or surface in communications and if that happens that would be a mistake that could give the u.s. another opportunity for a takedown. most of the intelligence gleaned will be closely held, chris. it's very important. >> cbs' bob orr in washington. also in washington for us this morning, cbs news national security analyst juan zarate. juan, good to speak with you again. >> good morning, chris. >> we just hear from bob there talking about all the substantial amount of
information, the files, the documents the zip drives that were seized in this raid here. now i think most would assume, with the intellectual power of the government and the intelligence community that it would be pretty quick to decipher a lot of this. but what obstacles is the federal government running up against now? >> clearly the cia is leading a task force to dig deep and wide in terms of the data that was picked up. but the problem here is going to be some of the computer files, as bob indicated, are encrypted. that's an initial layer. we'll be able to get through that but that's an initial barrier. in addition some of the messages and perhaps records will be likely coded. and analysts will have to look through those coded messages to determine if we understand what those are, or if we have historical data that will allow us to unlock the keys of those codes. so it's not just as easy to sift through and to triage the information. they're going to have to go through a couple of layers of defense that bin laden may have had for his information. >> the president's made no secret about it. we've made no secret about it on the broadcast this morning, these pictures will not be
released. you feel at some point that they are going to be released in some way, shape or form. "a," how do you think that's going to happen? and "b," how is it going to play out in the muslim community? >> well, it's not clear how it's going to come out. but i think in the age of wikileaks it's inevitable that this kind of information gets out. we've already seen other pictures let out by reuters from the site. violent images. so it's not clear. but i think the decision was the right one. i think you don't want to incite those who would be sim path threatic to bin laden. you don't want to create a mythology of martyrdom which would follow the release of an image. and you don't want to lose the moral high ground here in terms of narrative of the story. and i think that's the right decision. the problem is, in the age of wikileaks, the image, i think, at some point is going to get out. and unfortunately, then we're going to have to deal with all the same issues. >> now the white house says the u.s. is not in the business of displaying trophies. but there is at least one argument for the release of these pictures, and that is to control the narrative. now if these pictures do leak out at some point, like you said you think they may at some point, wouldn't it be in the
u.s.' best interest to get in front of this? >> i think that's right. i think that's -- that would have been the strongest argument for releasing the photos or some sub set of them now. being able to do it tastefully, to be able to bat down any conspiracy theories. to be able to declare to the world, that bin laden is now gone and no longer will walk the earth. and so, i think you're going to have to unfortunately deal with conspiracy theories. this issue won't go away simply because we say we're not going to put images out. and so i think controlling that message is ultimately an important factor. but i think at this moment, the president made the right call. >> all right juan zarate, thanks. good to talk with you again. all right now let's move on, jeff glor at the news desk with a check of today's other headlines for us this morning. jeff, good morning. >> chris, good morning to you. good morning to everyone at home. the government in yemen this morning says two mid level al qaeda leaders were killed. the men were brothers. they were killed in a remote province where al qaeda is active. the government says some residents heard drone near the time, others say they saw a rocket.
in libya, a ship carrying some 800 evacuees from the city of misrata docked in rebel held benghazi this morning. most of the passengers were foreign workers fleeing attacks by libyan troops. as secretary of state hillary clinton is in rome this morning for a diplomatic meeting on libya. she says that aiding rebel forces will top the askren today. >> we'll be discussing a financial mechanism, we'll be discussing other forms of aid. i will be ap nounsing formally our nonlethal assistance. so i think that there is an effort with urgency to meet the requests. >> clinton says the white house hopes to change u.s. law so more than $30 billion in frozen libyan assets can be used to support the rebels. now, the record floods along the rising mississippi river this morning. parts of tennessee, mississippi, and kentucky have been declared federal disaster zones. and water levels appear headed for historic heights in memphis and points south. some in tennessee have already
been advised to prepare for evacuation. you can see what it looks like in shelby county. especially those here living within 100-year flood plain up in mississippi. this week the army corps of engineers blew up levees in missouri. that released some of the threat farther north. but flooded more than 130,000 acres of farmland. a third levee blast scheduled for last night was postponed because of logistical difficulties. yesterday louisiana governor toured the flood zone by helicopter and as he did that he described to reporters exactly what his state is facing. >> not only is there a lot of water, not only is the height of water going to be setting records in many places but we're also going to see this water, this elevated water level here for quite a long time. >> bobby jindal says that rising water is likely to top the great flood of 1927 which inundated more than 23,000 square miles of land, and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes. also this morning, hollywood is mourning the loss of jackie cooper.
>> not only does he have a snappy style but he is, in my 40 years in this business, the best i've ever seen. >> cooper may be best known for playing newspaper editor perry white in the christopher reeve superman movies. but he was also nominated for an oscar in 1931 when he was 9 years old. he went on to star in comedies like "our gang" and later direct tv shows like "mark." jackie cooper died tuesday in california. he was 88 years old. it is 7:16 right now. back over to chris. and original superman one of the best. >> absolutely. all right, jeff, thank you so much. see you later on in the broadcast. now let's talk a little bit more weather. let's see if mother nature is cooperating with some parts of the country. >> chris, mother nature is, in fact, cooperating with some folks across the lower 48. good morning, everyone. as we take a look at the maps you can see it's a relatively quiet day for today. california clears up, some cooler than normal temperatures. we do have some precipitation in the northwest and some precipitation in the great lakes area.
but in the northeast, that storm system is finally starting to pull out. folks in northern new england, you could see a few spotty showers throughout the day. but as the storm pulls out the cold temperatures push in. it's also going to be very windy all along the coast. wind gusts could be up to 30 miles per hour and that's going to make it feel all the more chilly. speaking of chilly, 11 states in the midwest waking up to frost advisories from alabama to pennsylvania. overnight lows in the 30s. the good news, the sun will be shining. so the temperatures
>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now back over to erica and chris. >> marysol, thank you very much. still ahead here this morning on the broadcast the photos that show osama bin laden dead. the president will not make them public, but is that a mistake? we're going to have a debate with two members of congress coming up. erica? >> also ahead we're going to speak with parents of firefighters who were killed on 9/11 as they prepare to meet with president obama here at ground zero. what will they say to the president? we'll ask them just ahead. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. can't wait to make mother's day memorable?
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live pictures again of ground zero, just behind us. later this morning, president obama will arrive here at ground zero to remember the thousands who died on 9/11. and meet with several of the victims' families. among them, jim riches who lost his son jimmy and maureen and al santora who lost their son christopher. both new york city firefighters. we're going to start with all three of them just ahead, chris, as we speak with them about what they plan to ask the president today, what they plan to talk about, as well. >> exactly, erica. good morning to you once again. also ahead on the broadcast, more reaction to the president's plan to keep osama bin laden's death photos secret. we're going to hear from two
congressmen. one agrees with that. the other says we need to see exactly what happened to bin laden. first jeff glor is at the news desk with another look at our top headlines. >> good morning once again. we keep getting more details this morning about the raid that did kill osama bin laden. during that raid on bin laden's compound, the navy s.e.a.l.s discovered at least five computers and other potentially valuable evidence. aviation week reports this morning, a previously classified stealth helicopter was used in that raid. that copter was damaged and then destroyed. the president says he won't release pictures of bin laden's body. he doesn't want them used as a propaganda tool. the president told "60 minutes" yesterday, america don't, quote, trot out this stuff as trophies. we don't need to spike the football. in rome today, secretary of state hillary clinton was asked about u.s. relations with pakistan now. >> it is not not always an easy relationship. you know that. but on the other hand, it is a
productive one for both of our countries. >> clinton said the u.s. is committed to supporting the pakistani people. the colorado man who tried to hunt down osama bin laden lasts year, you might remember him, says he should get a quarter of the $25 million reward. gary faulkner believes he forced bin laden out of the mountains, and into the compound. it is 32 minutes past the hour right now. back to erica at ground zero. erica? >> jeff, thanks. we are joined this morning by families of the 9/11 victims who will be meeting with the president later today. jim riches, maureen and al santora. good to have all of you with us today. obviously bittersweet every time you rejoin us to talk about things like this. you're going to neat with the president later today. you met with him in january of '09. what will you say to him today? >> well, i want to thank. we're eternally grateful for him to having the backbone to do what he did. he promised us he would get osama bin laden. and he brought some joy to the 9/11 families.
even though it's been hard for us. there will be no closure for us because i'll always miss my son. he's never going to walk through that door. but at least there was some justice serves and some accountability after 9 1/2 long years. >> you said there will be no closure this morning. that's a word thrown around a lot this week. when you lose someone there never really is closure. but a few days on now do you feel any different at all? >> well, i'm joyous that we've finally seen real justice. that the man who was the responsible for al qaeda, and the terrorist attack, is finally dead. i'm joyous, very joyous about that. >> al, there was so much discuss over these feet toes of osama bin laden. the president has said he will not release them. is that something that you would want to see? >> no, that's definitely not. i think he made the right decision. i don't think we need something else that people can rally around, and then have all the controversy and everything. he's been caught. he was killed. he's been put, you know, buried so to speak, dumped in the sea.
it's over. let's close this chapter. let's move forward and it's a win for the world, for the free world, that this man is gone and hopefully with the next five are tried and convicted down in gitmo, that will be the next victory for us, and the end of al qaeda. >> maureen, is there anything you and al want to say to the president when you meet with him today? >> i want to thank him for having the courage to move our military to do the job that they were trained to do. he could have gone another way but it didn't. and we have an extraordinary military and i want to thank them for that. and i want to ask him when the trial, you know, at guantanamo bay are going to begin. because we've waited a very long time for that. >> whenever there's something that comes up around 9/11, there's so much talk about the victims. and it's awful to think about the losses but it's such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the incredible people and the lives that they led. tell us a little bit about jimmy, who is an inspiration to so many including his three brothers. >> jimmy was a firefighter. and three brothers became
firefighters after 9/11. in memory of him. he was their hero before 9/11 and he was their hero after 9/11, then. we found my son's body, and me and my three sons, we moved his body. and hopefully i can get to tell obama i'm a little fearful for my three sons because they're talking about closing to fire houses in new york city. this is the number one terror target in the world. and i hope he can convince mayor bloomberg not to do that. >> what's it like for you when you come down here to ground zero? >> it's all the memories of being down here for nine months, people don't know there's 1,000 people that never got anything. and it's a cemetery. this is the place where my son breathed his last breath and i'm proud to be an american today. >> maureen, tell us about christopher. >> christopher was 23. he was an american history buff. he'd be very proud that bin laden was captured by american soldiers. and he was a history teacher in
the new york city public schools before he became a fireman. but becoming a fireman was his dream. >> so really always gave back, first as a teacher then as a firefighter. >> yes. so very proud. >> al, did he want to be a firefighter like you? >> i think he did. i think from the time he was, you know, a little boy, we always think that he wanted to follow in my footsteps. but he was living with four girls, his four sisters plus his mother. so maybe that was a reason why he wanted to get away from the females a little bit. we'd like to believe that it was -- >> what's it like for you when you come here to ground zero? >> well, it's a very somber place to be. and i see this as a cemetery. because we still have 1123 people who have never been identified. and this was where my son died. so for me, this will always be a cemetery. i'm glad that we are revitalizing the site. but, it's a very somber place.
>> al and maureen santora, jim riches, thank you all for coming down here. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> and we do want to get you a check of y up next, does the world need to see osama bin laden's body? two members of congress weigh in on the debate over keeping those photos secret. stay with us. photos secret. stay with us. this is "the early show" on cbs. i'm chef michael,
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laden's body has sparked a lot of debate. and joining us now to talk about it are new york democratic congressman anthony weiner at ground zero and california republican congressman duncan hunter who is on capitol hill for us this morning. gentlemen, good morning to the both of you. congressman weiner, start with you. you're a native new yorker. i know you've done so much work with victims' families and families of the survivors right now. why do you think the president was right not releasing the pictures? >> well, i think at some point we have to trust the president and trust the military leaders to say, you know, these photos won't add anything. they're going to, you know, this notion that we're going to end some kind of conspiratorial debate, i think we've learned in recent years that conspiracies have a life of their own. there are still crazies who stand outside this site and claim that president bush knocked down the twin towers. so i don't think it does anything to end any kind of conspiracy. and i think more importantly, if it even endangers one military life, one intelligence officer overseas then the president is right to make that decision. >> congressman hunter i'm going to let you know respond to that.
i know you have a difference of opinion here. >> for me, it's not about a big conspiracy theory. for me it's about closure. it's about the american people, people that got struck that day, people that had friends and family like i'm sure anthony did, about guys like me that did multiple tours overseas after 9/11, because of 9/11, i want to see the dead body. i want to see the fruits of our labor, of my long absences, of my long hours overseas, of my sleepless nights, of afghanistan, of all the things i've been through. that's why i want to see the body. it has nothing to do with conspiracy theories. people think that elvis is still alive somewhere. you're always going to have those folks. this isn't about that to me. this is about close ush for those families that were affected and for guys like me that were affected and frankly all the american people. >> congressman hunter, you enlisted in the marines after 9/11. you served three tours like you mention. and there is talk that releasing these pictures could negatively impact our soldiers and our troops overseas. and both domestically and abroad. you don't think release the pictures puts anyone in more
danger? >> no, i think we're already in as much danger as we're going to be in. it's not like the extremist muslim radicals are going to all of a sudden say, we aren't going to go suicide bombing today, because they did not release those photos. we're always going to face that. we should not curb our first amendment rights because of what some crazy people might do. they might go blow themselves up. you have crazy people in afghanistan, yemen, iraq. you have people that do suicide bombings. they're already crazy. we shouldn't curb our first amendment rights just because they're going to go blow themselves up. you have to change the perspective and condemn them for what they're doing over something like photos, a cartoon, things written about the prophet mohammed. we've got to change the perspective and go after them and condemn them for being crazy, not curb our first amendment rights. >> congressman weiner, i know your wants, i'm sure you've spoken with a number of people this week, what are their thoughts? would lie take to see the pictures or are they okay with osama bin laden just being dead and taking the word? >> well, i haven't run into any
of my constituents who don't believe that osama bin laden is dead. the fact is that we trust our military, we trust the president who got this job done. you know, it doesn't matter, he's a great leader in congress on military affairs. but i really do think we should listen to the secretary of defense, the secretary of state and the president of the united states who say, you know what, this adds unnecessarily. and there is no first amendment right to see a gruesome picture that might inflame passions overseas. you've got dna evidence. we've got the navy s.e.a.l.s who say he's dead. we've got al qaeda who says he's dead. look, he's dead. now we have to move on to make sure we get the rest of the terrorists out there and don't do anything to unnecessarily endanger our troops that are still out there on the front lines. >> congressman weiner i know you talked about closure a few moments ago. i've spoken with some families down at ground zero and a number of the workers on site down there. would you ever support any potential arrangement for family members if they did want to see pictures, would you ever support something to that effect, of allowing them to see these photos? >> you know, i'm going to leave
this to the president, and to the secretary of defense to say what is right. i want to do everything we can to give closure to those families, if there's some way to accommodate their interests, to be able to say it without having a wide distribution i would be open to that. the bottom line is here that the president, the members of our armed services, and the intelligence community deserve an enormous amount of credit. with that credit goes a certain amount of respect for the decisions they're making going forward. i respect those decisions and i think all americans should. >> congressman luntzer, americans, are they safer now with bin laden dead than they were before? >> no. i don't think so. i don't think we are any safer. what this did, this gave us a big symbolic victory. it's great to have it. but like i said earlier, i don't think that there are not going to be suicide attacks now just because bin laden's dead. and i'll say this, one last thing about those photos. we see pictures, you can watch documentaries about 9/11 and see americans throwing themselves out of those towers. so they don't get burned alive. so we're able to see those, but
we're not able to see the guy that caused it? that just seems a little bit backwards to me and i would support any kind of possibility for people that want closure, people that have family members killed on that day. friends or family. they should be able to see those photos. >> gentlemen, i have to leave it there. we thank the both of you for joining us this morning. congressman anthony weiner at ground zero, congressman duncan hunter in washington, d.c. gentlemen, thank you. we'll be right back. this is "the early show" here on cbs. stay with us. a lot of times, things are right underneath our feet, and all we need to do is change the way we're thinking about them.
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welcome back to "the early show." i'm erica hill at ground zero. you can see the sun coming up over the side of what will be the memorial. so much focus this morning on ground zero, because, of course, president obama will be here in just a few hours. he will meet with families of victims of 9/11. and we'll be talking more about that in the coming hour. chris is at our studios over on fifth avenue just uptown a little bit. good morning again. >> erica, good morning to you once again. the president due to arrive in lower manhattan around lunch time today. according to the white house, not going to make a speech, he'll just lay a wreath honoring the victims before getting together with some of the victims' families behind closed doors. erica?
>> and, chris, as we've been reporting, president obama has also made his decision about releasing photos of osama bin laden's body, saying it will not happen. the president explains why in his first interview since the raid in pakistan. in a conversation with steve kroft of "60 minutes." >> did you see the pictures? >> yes. >> what was your reaction when you saw them? >> it was him. >> why haven't you released them? >> you know, we discussed this internally. keep in mind that we are absolutely certain this was him. we've done dna sampling. and testing. and so there is no doubt that we killed osama bin laden. it is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as
an incitement to additional violence. as a propaganda tool. you know, that's not who we are. >> and you can see the complete interview with the president on "60 minutes" this sunday evening at 7:00, 6:00 central right here on cbs. joining me now at ground zero is new york city chuck schumer who's been here many times since the 9/11 attacks. good morning. >> good morning. >> i know over the past few days you've been speaking with a number of families of the victims. and they'll be meeting with the president later today. what have they told you? >> well, it's, you know, the hole in their hearts will never go away. they lost a husband, a wife, a son, a daughter. but they feel good. i wouldn't say happy. i would say good. because it galls so many of them, and i talked to them through the years, that their husband or father or daughter died, and bin laden was still alive. now he's not and that's a burden off their shoulders. and also, you know, look, this
is true of them as well as all of us. i think after the towers went down, we wonder, could we win this war on terror? it was brand new, suicide bombers, no fields of battle. i now think so many of the families, as well as so many americans, feel we're going to win this war. that this was sort of a gettysburg or a saratoga, it's not over. the war is clearly not over. but it's a turning point. >> there's a lot of focus this morning, and even in the past few days on this treasure trove of materials and information that was taken from that compound. i know you asked attorney general holder whether new names will be added to the terror list. but in terms of the war on terror, is this actually a new wave that you see and based on the was in that could come out of this? >> look, we're much better at this. and this has gone over the ye s years. we listen in. our electronics are great. and the groups that try to do terror against us have been hurt badly. and so there's a new phase,
which will be individuals who the kind of evil types of thought that bin laden had are now in their mind, those are individuals on the one hand. they're sometimes harder to detect, because they're in less electronic communication with anyone else, they're lone wolves. but on the other hand, one individual can't do the kind of damage that al qaeda did on september 11th. >> what about the role of pakistan as we move forward? i just want to make sure this correct, but she was speaking this morning talking about how it is crucial to keep up this relationship for both the u.s. and our allies with pakistan and yet what we've seen over the last few days there's a lot of questions about that. >> there are so many questions about pakistan. look, any country that makes as its hero dr. a.q. kahn, the man who sold the nuclear bomb to north korea, something's wrong there. on the other hand, pakistan is a vital link in the war on terror, and there are parts of pakistan that are pro-western, there are parts that are pro-terror. our job is not to withdraw, but to strengthen the parts that are
pro-western, but it's hard. pakistan is a country that has a lot of trouble. just this incident showed -- >> does that change the focus and the way that the u.s. deals with pakistan? >> i think we have to pay more attention, not less, to pakistan. i would guess that our number one foreign policy problem over the next ten years will be pakistan. it's nuclear. it's poor. it's ethnically divided and it's never had good leadership. >> in terms of what's going to happen here today, you were with president bush in 2001, president obama not to make public remarks. but you will meet with him. >> i will. and i've spoken to him since sunday. look -- >> what do you expect to hear from him? what do you want to hear from him today? >> he is -- i think the american people finally saw who he was. he's not a chest thumper. he's not somebody who goes out and does that. he's quiet. he's lay little bit cerebral. but he's strong. don't mistake that for lack of strength. and i think the people, american people will see that. that he's resolved, it was he who said let the drones go in to
pakistan. so it's very good. and he's also, i mean, i think all of us, give some credit to president bush. i was here when he stepped on that pile. some people say it was rehearsed. i was ten feet away. it was not rehearsed. and president bush laid the groundwork, president obama continues, and i think each of them gives the other credit. i feel bad that president bush isn't here today. but that was his decision. >> well, we're happy you were able to join us today, senator schumer, thanks for coming out. and we do want to get a check now of some of the other stories we're following for you on this thursday morning. jeff glor is standing by at the news desk. >> good morning to you. good morning to everyone at home, as well. this morning, general motors reported its first quarter earnings. more than tripled. strong sales in the u.s. and china. gm said its net income for the first three months of the year was 2k3st.2 billion which comes to $1.77 a share. that's its best quarterly result since the suv boom of the early 2000s. in japan this morning, workers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at the fukushima nuclear power plant
for the first time since the earthquake disaster. meantime, video from inside reactor number one, taken by a row bolt, has been released. it was recorded last month. the video showed no water leaks but higher than expected radiation levels. the president of the company that operates the fukushima plant visited and evacuation center yesterday and for the first time got a rough reception. >> the man says, why did you lie? radiation from the plant has forced 80,000 people within a 12-mile radius of that plant to leave their homes. there was chaos at a steeplechase in australia today. when a horse there, after losing its rider jumped the wrong fence. and then went into a crowd. seven people were taken to the hospital. including a 2-year-old girl with a broken collar bone. also in australia, the last known world war i combat veteran died today.
claude chuckles choules was just 14 when he enlisted in the british navy back in 1915. he said the secret to a long life was to quote, keep breathing, or cod liver oil. claude stanley choules was 110 years old. and 50 years ago today, alan shepard became the first american in space. >> liftoff. >> liftoff and the clock has started. >> it was may 5th, 1961, america's manned exploration of space began. as shepherd was lynched from cape canaveral at a 15-minute suborbital flight. and finally marie osmond has remarried her first husband. the two tied the knot yesterday during a private ceremony in las vegas. and she even wore the same wedding dress she wore back in 1982. it is eight minutes past the hour right now. over to miss marysol castro.
mary, good morning. >> good morning, jeff. i have to say, god bless marie osmond. she can still get into that wedding gown. i love it. good morning, everyone at home. let's take a look at the northern plains and the great lakes area. we have a clipper system bringing some rain to the area. it's a quick mover. not a whole lot of rain is expected. wind gusts on either side of the system. bismarck, rapid city, north platte you will actually see sunshine for today. and then of course, tomorrow, minneapolis, chicago and des moines. that's when you get your chance at some sunshine. let's take a look at the rain associated with this system. anywhere from one to two inches. springfield will get an inch. minneapolis will get an inch. everywhere in between, anywhere from half an inch to three quarters of an inch. although it doesn't seem like a lot it will further exacerbate the flooding conditions in the southern plains. of course we're talking about the mississippi river and the ohio river. so by monday, all of the rain that has accumulated, the mississippi river will be at 60-plus feet in greenville, in cairo, which is where the ohio and mississippi rivers meet, that will, the rivers there will
be at 51 feet. so of course we're keeping an eye on it for you. >> this weather report sponsored by hershey's syrup. stir up a smile. with hershey's syrup. >> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now here's chris. >> marysol, thank you. is your house making you sick? we're going to show you where germs are lurking. and it's not just in those spots that you think germs are lurking, like the kitchen and the toilet. we've got some surprises for you coming up next here on "the early show."
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in this morning's "healthwatch" what's the dirtiest part of your house? a new study pinpoints that exact spot. and "early" show consumer correspondent susan koeppen is here with the surprising answer. not the toilet? >> not the toilet. you think dirt, you think germs, you probably think the bathroom. but this new survey finds that's not it. is this the germiest spot in your house? or is it here? to find out scientists from public health and safety organization nsf international swabbed 30 surfaces in 22 homes. that's 660 tests in all. to check for germs in the bathroom. the kitchen. and on everyday household objects. and the results may surprise you. >> i'd like to think that the bathroom has the most germs. but part of me really believes that it's more like the kitchen. >> she's right.
while most people think their bathrooms are dirtiest, it's actually the kitchen. 32% of all countertops, 45% of sinks, and 77% of sponges tested positive for collie form bacteria which can cause food poisoning. testing also found staph germs, an indicator for the superbogue known as mrsa on 14% of refrigerator handles and 18% of sponges. >> the number one germiest item that we found was the dish sponge from family number 12. >> meet family number 12. dawn simpson's sponge had a stomach churning koliform count of 1.8 billion. 180 million times the amount of germs found on a new, clean sponge. >> no way. >> yeah, way. >> oh, my gosh. okay. >> seems pretty gross, huh? >> yeah, yeah. that's pretty bad. >> but i mean, is the sponge something that you really thought of as being the germiest in your house? >> no, huh-uh. no. i definitely didn't think it was clean.
but i wouldn't have thought that that was the germiest thing in my house. >> other hot spots? her countertop and coffeemaker. >> people think they're already clean in the kitchens, and they neglect some of the areas that they really need to focus on. >> and in dawn's bathroom, a shocker the germiest spot, her tooth brush holder. it had over 1,000 times more coliform bacteria than her toilet seat. >> if the bristles become contaminated and you're putting that into your mouth, that's direct cross contamination. >> so recapping the germy results, toothbrush holders turned out to be the third germiest spot in all the homes tested. the kitchen sink was second. and number one, the good old kitchen sponge. >> i'll probably stop using a sponge. >> gone with the sponge? >> gone with the sponge. it's out of here. >> and instead of using a sponge, you should use a dish rag that you can actually just throw in the washing machine and clean up. but, if you can't part with that sponge, pop it in the microwave for two minutes, and replace it every two weeks.
>> disgusting to think that you'd be safer to basically brush your teeth in the toilet bowl. >> all the people watching this story right now brushing their teeth are like, great. thanks, susan. >> put that down. sponges, why are they just so germy? >> they have so many nooks and crannies and think about where people keep it. it's next to the sink. it's in the sink. it's all wet and mushy and gross. if you can get rid of the sponges, don't use them. but if you're addicted to using a sponge to clean your dishes replace it quite often. >> sounds as though we have to concentrate on things that aren't so obvious. like the toilet bowl which comes first. >> everybody thinks the toilet is going to be disgusting so let me clean that. but you really have to think about the things that you're not cleaning on a regular basis and maybe you should. stuff like the tooth brush holder. and really scrubbing the kitchen sink. >> now that you've got all this information firsthand and seeing a report like this and being a part of a report like this, has it changed the way you're cleaning your home? >> stop it. i have to say -- i will admit that the first thing i did when
i went home is i put the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher. i cleaned that. i bought a huge package of sponges, because i use a sponge in my kitchen. but i started to get rid of them every couple of days. and use a new one. >> i think some people seeing the bed bug story from a few weeks back. >> they're worried about my house. >> they're seeing this stuff, if we get that dinner invitation to the koeppen place. >> right now i am bed bug free, and i think my house is pretty germ free at this point. >> we've got this microwave here. what should people do with the microwave? >> i mean, for a lot of people that i've talked to who like sponges, they put them in either the dish washer or they pop them in the microwave. the experts we talk to said pop them in the microwave for two minutes, and you should be good to go. but, you know, sponges don't cost that much money. so if you really want to use them, you know, just buy a big package and use them quite often, get rid of them. >> after you do put these sponges in the microwave you better clean the microwave before you put your macaroni in
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and welcome back to "the early show." no offense to erica hill but as you can see we have a new cast member here this morning. jim parsons, how are you from "the big bang theory"? >> great to be here. >> now on broadway. >> golden theatre. >> this is something you have wanted to do for a long time? >> yeah, yeah. i've done a lot of theater in my life but i've never gotten to be on broadway. now, finally. >> completely different from what you -- >> it is a completely different tone, i should say, this piece compared to the tv show. >> but you get to flex different muscles. >> that's exactly right. >> you are still pretty funny,
as well. >> thank you. >> it is such a serious -- >> i do try and bring a touch of optimism to it. >> we're going to talk about the show when we come back. because we've got a lot to discuss with you, the five tony nominations. >> that's right. >> talk about a raving endorsement. you have to see this. i saw it last night. incredible. >> you're a good man to stay up late on a work night. >> it was well worth it. it was an 8:00 showing. i don't know, this could be a little rough. but, yeah, you talk -- we love doing little -- >> not spider-man. >> no, no. >> tell them about it. give him a quick brief overview. >> please. >> "the normal heart" is about the first knew years of the aids crisis, before they even know what the word aids was. they don't know what they're dealing with. they don't know what they're fighting yet. and that's kind of the heart of the matter. >> set back in the early '80s. but it's so well done. we're going to talk about it when we come back on the "early" show in just a couple of minutes. if you haven't gotten your tickets yet. >> run, don't walk. >> limited run.
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welcome back to "the early show." bottom of the hour here on a thursday morning. happy cinco de mayo. >> yes. to you, too. >> thank you. >> very excited all morning. very good morning so far. so the man 40 just might be the funniest guy on tv, he is with us here this morning. i know some of you at home are saying jeff glor? i'm here to say, no. jim parsons. he is going to tell us what's new with "the big bang theory" and we're also going to talk about his recent broadway debut like we mentioned just a couple
of minutes ago. brilliant. >> on a much different role for him. >> yes. >> but also a fascinating one. >> also this morning, some people may have possibly forgotten that mother's day is coming up. >> i mean, i don't know. >> i'm not sure who would have done it. but if you did, mother's day is sunday, flowers are great. we have some other ideas this morning a little more modern. top ten tech presents sure to warm a mom's heart. hubby's heart. whoever. from electronic butterflies to a photo scanner that works like a magic wand. >> not just another gift. enough with the flowers, please. >> yeah, no flowers. mother's day, i don't want a flower. >> katie linendoll is here to talk about that. >> plus, you know that eating right helps you stay healthy. but that means eating differently at various stages of your life. we're going to show you the very best foods for you whether you're in your 30s, your 40s, or your 50s, so you can meet your nutritional needs, at any age. it's very important to be honest. each decade. but first, margarita marysol
castro is here with our final check of the weather. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> good morning, everyone at home. your final check of weather. we take a look at the high temperatures across the land. 72 in san diego. 68 in the nation's heartland and kansas city. 66 here in new york city. for your high temperature. the southwest, very balmy today. take a look at these temperatures, 103 in yuma, 89 in sacramento. these are the type of temperatures we find in june. it is expected to stay this way at least over the next 24 hours. completely different story in the upper quadrant of the yunt, the northeast. that system starts to pull away, northern new england could expect to see at least a quarter inch to half an inch of rain when this is done. behind the system, cooler than normal temperatures. also gusty winds. 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts up and down the coast in the mid-atlantic and the northeast.
>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now over to jeff with some economic news. >> yes, indeed. thank you, marysol. these days your checking account may cost a lot more than you think. a new study finds americans will pay more than $38 billion a year in overdraft fees. cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis is here to help us avoid that this morning. >> yeah. >> good morning. >> good morning, jeff. >> $38 billion? that's a huge number. how do we get there? >> it's a massive number. and it seems even more massive when you look at the fact that the average or median overdraft amount that we accidentally take
out of our accounts is just $36. $36 of an overcraft will amount to a median penalty of $35. then for every seventh day that you still have not paid that back to your account you're going to be paying $25. if this were treated like a short-term loan, jeff, what you would end up looking at is an apr of 5,000 percent. yes, so a short-term loan is your overdraft from the bank and you end up paying big for it. >> it seems like the little nicks and cults come in all over the place. do banks have to tell you about all this stuff? and how do they? >> well, they do on some levels have to tell you but it can definitely be hidden, buried in the fine print. on average these documents amount to 111 pages that come along with your account. it can be buried in there. and banks can actually employ certain practices that make it easier for them to charge you overdraft fees. they also don't have to tell you if there's a cheaper option for you. so you need to be vigilant as a consumer, and ask them, what are
the overdraft fees? and are there cheaper accounts for me that would better suit my needs? >> even if you're reading these outrageously long documents, anything else that can be done? >> certainly you want to be vigilant and pay attention, obviously. but there's also other fees involved in many banking accounts like checking fees right now on median are $8.95 a month. that's going to add up over time. also don't swipe your card at foreign atms that aren't your own company, bank company's atm, because that's going to generally speaking charge you somewhere between $3 and $4. so you want to be vigilant about that. and also just know, obviously, information is key. >> $8.95 on $35 or overdraft, whatever else. is it possible in this day and age to bank for free? >> it is still possible to bank for free. but again, you have to have the information. bankrate.com is a wonderful resource. it will basically give you an opportunity to say, these are my banking needs. and bankrate.com will match you up with banks that can suit that. banking online oftentimes is less expensive. sometimes you can even bank with
your own bank but they say well if you're banking online you're not dealing with a person, it's cheaper for us to do business, therefore we can give you a better option. credit unions generally speaking don't charge the same fees, as well as community banks which generally speaking are not going to charge you the same fees as some of the bigger banks. >> my wife deposited a check this morning via iphone by taking a picture of it. >> you see, technology has taken us very far. but it certainly hasn't necessarily cut back on our costs. >> you've got to watch out for those. rebecca jarvis, thank you very much. now over to chris. >> like the jetsons. >> yeah. >> jim parsons has been called the golden boy of geek chic. he's also the current emmy and golden globe award winner for best actor in a comedy playing genius nerd sheldon on the hit cbs sitcom "the big bang theory." >> i must say ever since you started having regular intercourse your mind has lost its keen edge. you should reflect on that. >> excuse me, einstein had a
pretty busy sex life. >> yes, and he never unified gravity with the other forces. if he hadn't been such a hound dog we'd all have time machines. >> got it. bye. >> you know i'm right. >> yes, he is right. he is right here in front of your tv right now. jim parsons, good to see you. >> it's good to be here. thank you for having me. >> what's it like to have that title, funniest guy on tv? >> you're maybe the first person to ever say that to me. so i don't know how i feel about it yet. >> show has been a huge success. >> show has done very well. >> it's caught on very quickly. people are obviously not watching because they don't like it. so what's the feedback been like? what's kind of the word on the street so to speak? >> you know, it's been a fantastic four years. we've gotten better and better, and literally the word on the street, you run into people all the time that are watching it, and they vary in age. gender. size. just all sorts of people that are watching it, and i really appreciative that, "a," we get to keep doing it. and "b" that it is appealing to
so many different types of people. i hesitate to call it family entertainment. but i think that's exactly kind of what we've done. >> yeah. are you that smart in real life? >> oh, my god, no! you've met me. i'm sitting here. no. >> you're a pretty smart guy. >> i'm not stupid. but i'm no genius. . >> what was it like? this past year, you win the emmy. you win the golden globe. we've got some pictures of you winning both. i'm going to ask you this question, you win the emmy, your first thought, you're sitting there, you hear the nominations and your name is listed. >> i thought, this is maybe not really happening. i really felt that way as i walked up the steps. it was ll cool j and eva longoria were up there and that seemed just about weird enough. and i don't know. >> that would have been good enough. >> it was wonderful. it was wonderful. but it was very odd. they had a dream quality to it. >> so then, the golden globe, a couple of months later. >> yes. >> hollywood foreign press acknowledging you. at this point do you say, my
god, i feel bad for the rest of the cast members? >> no. i don't feel bad for the rest of the cast members. are you kidding me? they're doing fine. >> it's an embarrassment of riches. a tremendous honor to be recognized like that. >> yeah, it was, it was. and very surprising. i'm still surprised. >> you now have the opportunity to potentially show -- move to a coveted time slot on monday nights. any word on your thoughts on that? because, if "two and a half men" doesn't come back? >> my thoughts, "a," i don't have any idea what's happening with two and a half. but as far as moving times, we've moved four different time slots in four years, and thanks to the good thinking of the timemakers at cbs it's always worked out for us. so if we do move again i trust, knock on wood, that it will be another good move. i love being on mondays. things have worked out great on thursdays, though. so, i just -- i don't have a feeling on it. >> does it ever bother you, all this movement, people are going to -- >> i worry.
i did worry until the fourth time they moved us and people still came. not to take it for granted but apparently they know what they're doing over there. somebody in this building has their eye on it. >> we say the same thing. let's talk broadway now, because now you're on broadway. you take a little bit of ah-ha. you're on hiatus. >> my acting vacation is more acting. >> what's it been like for you? i know we briefly touched on it? >> it's been kind of a slice of heaven for me. there's something about this play, this particular production, and the effect it's having on audiences that, in many ways, is for me exactly why i got into acting to begin with. it is a true ensemble effort. there's just a group dynamic and a group power behind this piece, and it really seems to translate to the audience. >> yes. >> you know, every night we wrap this play up, and i feel very affected by it. it's all true. you know, it's all fact-based. and i think that has a big impact. and it's -- there's no denying it's sad.
it's moving. you know. but there are movements of levity. 40efully i get to deliver a couple of them. >> you do. because it is a very serious topic for people who are not familiar with it. it's about the basically the aids epidemic when it first came out in new york and then around the country in the early '80s. >> no one knew what it was. they were having trouble getting attention paid to it and things like that. in the end it's a very human story, people coming to the and getting something done. and showing love for one another. you know. if that doesn't sound too cheesy that's exactly what it is. >> but there are moments of levity, because there are some very funny parts in it, but it's a very serious topic. >> thank you for going on a work night, by the way. >> it's a good show. i highly recommend anybody 40 comes to new york to take it in. >> thank you for having me. >> jim parsons on broadway and with tv show and with all the other awards you're probably going to rack up. you can see "the big bang theory" tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central right here on cbs. now let's go back over to jeff. >> if you're looking for the perfect mother's day gift, do
not be afraid to think high tech. "early" show technology expert katie linendoll is here with ten great ideas. katie, good morning. >> good morning. >> all right. so we're going to try to race through this and get to ten different things. starting with the kindle. one of my favorites. >> kindle is, this is a new special offer. it is now at $114. if you can accept a few ads. >> you have to watch the ads. >> you can take off a few dollars there. it's only 114 bucks. i get asked questions about ereaders quite often, my mom loves books, she doesn't need extra bells and whistles. what device should i go with? i say the kindle is your best bet. if you want to do without the ads which is actually what i recommend you'll pay about $25 extra. >> that's the one i have, actually. what's this? >> this might look a little weird to you. this is a portable photo studio. a lot of people wonder, hey, i have crafts, i sell jewelry. i can't get my photos great on ebay and etsy, how do i kick it up a notch? you put your product in here and you see it comes with a bag so
you can take it with you anywhere you go. you can take good, quality shots of anything that you crafted and created and make your photos look great on sites like ebay. >> cool. 50 bucks. what's next? >> this is the i-ed to. >> it's like a little now he arrangement. >> it's like a flower arrangement. flowers die. comes with a nice little remote and pumps out some serious volume. this is the i-palm around 80 bucks. this little option for mom. >> we're not going to rock the studio right now. this is cool. we've seen this before. >> this is a new hot gadget. this is an electronic butterfly in a jar. 20 pucks. this is the perfect thinking of you gift. comes in a number of different butterflies to choose from. i think it's awesome for any office desk. >> my son would take about 30 seconds to break that. speaking of kids and adults we've got water bottles. >> water bottles. this is generational in my
family. my mom has one. i have one. my little niece has one in the form of a baby bottle. what's awesome is how much money do we spend on bottled water because we want it filtered. it comes in a variety of colors. you take this when you're traveling to the office, to the gym. it will filter your water and you look cool. >> the filter right here? >> yeah. >> how about that. >> water bottle. >> all right. what are these? >> these this looks a little weird. it's actually exciting. because i say what's your point of having a tablet for or a laptop if you don't have the internet everywhere you go. these are mobile hot spots. anywhere you go you have the capability to be on the web. this one is from at&t. this one actually is free online if you sign up with a two-year contract. this one is from clear. you can lease it month to month. so now you have the internet anywhere you go. after the last two weeks of travel, internet can be $9.95 can $15 a day. save money and have connectivity. magic wand scanner. photos, documents, anything you
want to digitize and save on file. you scan it like that and it will put it into the device. >> you just run it right over it. >> exactly. so you can keep all your documents in one place. >> so many options. >> i love robots, and so will mom. this has a gps inside here. it will mop and dust your floors. and it looks super high tech. but again only three buttons. this cleaned my apartment like fenway yesterday. it was making lines. >> marysol castro actually asked me to clean her office for cinco de mayo. i can get you some sneakers, too? >> custom made sneakers. i even embrightered my name into it custom designed walking shoe, running shoe. number of options. 95 bucks to 125 bucks. >> nice colors on this one. finally, this is what i did this for you mary. >> last but not least custom made dotcom. anything from jewelry to furniture to a new wine rack you go on this site and you can
actually have local artists create custom products for you. a nice little new option. >> looks good an me. >> happy birthday marysol. katie, thank you very much. for more on these products our website, earlyshow.cbsnews.com. you can see them all. now over to chris. >> jeff, thank you. reserve me one of those air linendolls. one secret to good health is eating the most nutritious foods for your age. frances largeman-roth senior food and nutrition editor at "health" magazine to tell us how to meet nutritional needs at different stages in our life. >> good to see you. >> with each decade we've got to watch what we eat. >> absolutely. you'll see a lot of produced. so that's important in every stage. but, each decade kind of brings its own new challenge. so in our 30s, women are super busy, they trying to have babies, they're trying to establish their career. and they're also trying to be social and work out. >> all right. kind of broken down here. >> exactly. >> women in their 30s, if you're looking at this, i hope you
enjoy red meat. >> okay. iron. but you don't have to get it from red meat. you can get it from beans as well. you immediate 18 milligrams a day. that's tough to get. even a serving of beef is only going to give you three or four milligrams. another very important thing, especially if you're trying to have a baby, like me, folic acid. so really rich in oranges, in asparagus. and it's vital for preventing birth defects. >> now this, men need these, correct? >> men are not off the hook. vitamin c is huge, you're going to get that from bell peppers, oranges, and other antioxidants like beta-carotene are rich in things like sweet potatoes, squash, et cetera. >> i eat sweet potatoes like they're going out of style. but i'm not in my 30s. i'm a little behind the times. this is now for women in their 40s. obviously fiber starts to become an issue. >> fiber is huge. what happens in your 40s, the metabolism starts to slow down
and those long walks you used to take with the dog to keep the weight off, probably not so much anymore. you need to fill up on foods that expand in your stomach and are really high in fiber but low in calories. fruits and veggies, whole grains, popcorn. >> no butter, watch the salt. >> this is not movie popcorn. >> men in their 40s. >> heart disease risk starts to increase. we need the fatty fish to help protect our heart. two servings of fatty fish a weet can slash your risk of dying from heart disease. >> people don't understand fish is so important. you've got to get your salmon which is key. >> exactly. >> also very rich in omega-3. and then vegetarian sources walnuts and flax seed. sprinkle it on your salad. >> quinoa, too. now we jump to our 50s. ladies in your 50s. >> you have the rest of your life under control in your 50s but your hormones start to go crazy. >> yeah. >> so phyto estrogens can really
help. they won't help all men but help a lot of women control hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. >> what do you like here? >> so you have not only do you have the soy products, you've got soy nuts and tofu but it's also in cashews, and corn and apples. you can find phytoestrogens. >> we talked a lot about the ladies in their 40s with the fiber. now men in their 50s. >> okay. so at 50 that's the first colonoscopy usually. so again you should have been eating a really fiber rich diet all along. but it becomes especially important to get enough, and really for men, they need more than women. they need 35 grams a day. which can be very difficult to get. >> what are we talking about? >> a couple of servings a day. you know, three to five servings a day of whole grains. so you know, serial, brown rice. get it in your pasta. so, you know, -- >> seven grade bread is also a good way to go. >> exactly. look for ways to fit it in. >> as always for more on healthy eating at any age go to our website, earlyshow.cbsnews.com.
and before we say good-bye, as you can probably see through the windows, nice day here in new york for today. thursday as the weekend fast approaches. but you know, we know that we talked about jeff being one of the funniest guys on television earlier. we wanted to do a little separated at birth right there. >> what -- >> you could be the stand-in. >> i wish i had jim parsons' talent and -- >> two talented. >> funny bones. >> and comedic geniuses on the set here. >> i would like the genius. if i could go downstairs. >> yep. >> and do what? >> -- margarita all over. >> jeff i want to let you know it was a treat for us this morning.
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